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is coming up in tonight's show? the aclu is suing the pentagon again? can't you pick on someone your own size? and one half of angus t jones wants you to watch his adorable tv character every week, but the other half doesn't want you to watch his not so adorable tv character every week. we'll explain. and if you are like me, you wonder why the u.s. blew up the moon with a nuclear bomb. it was right there. we had plenty of bombs. wait a minute. we considered it? i have to hear about this. andy? >> you will hear about this, tom. don't respond to what i just said. >> just tell me. i guess i have to wait. >> we'll tell you later. >> i am here with fox business net wore reporter -- network reporter. his latest comedy cd is called image reporter. and sitting next to me who think he's is in line to cease les-mis is john bolten. >>- q. i should we put the -- >> should we put the fair in war fair, calling the urpt c -- the current policy unconstitutional. according to the aclu attorney these regulations are, quote, outdated assumptions assumptions and stereo types about the men and women. the war
at the pentagon making him the first defense secretary to serve in both a republican and the democratic administration, he left his post in june, 2011. at his farewell ceremony president obama awarded him the presidential award of freedom. >> the highest honor. >> this is a man i have come to know and respect. a humble american patriot. a man of common sense and decency. quite simply one of our nation's finest public servants. >> rose: today the united states face as wave of foreign policy challenges, including the pressing question of how to respond to the potential use of chemical weapons by the assad government in syria, the government warned him of the consequence conditions consequences he could expect. >> i want to make it clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching, the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> rose: i am pleased to have bob gates back at this table. welcome. >> thank you, charlie. >> rose: so what are
the pentagon investigation into e-mails between kelley and general allen t top nato commander in afghanistan, has been narrowed down to between 60 and 70 messages that according to a defense official bear a fair amount of scrutiny. >>> well, if there is any doubt the holidays are fast approaching, here's a sure sign. tonight is the lighting of the world famous rockefeller center christmas tree. always a favorite time of year around here. right downstairs bill karins is live on the plaza for us with a preview of what the weather will be like, there, here, all around the nation. good morning, bill. >> good morning, lynn. a beautiful spruce stands 70 feet behind me and 50 feet wide. this tree will be lit later this evening on nbc at 8:00. this will be a great show and a lot of performances, the musical guests, hosted by al roker and savannah guthrie. you can expect people such as cee-lo green, mariah carey, trace adkins, billy crystal and bet midler. the storm went through the northeast and behind it very cold conditions. as they do light the tree up, and this is a look at last year's tree, tem
'll look to the pentagon for what makes the most sense for the national security needs are the country. but what we proposed top of those $1 trillion savings of last year is $600 billion in detailed reforms to our health care programs and other government programs that over 10 years yield very substantial savings. again, david, republicans have said that they don't like those reforms. they'd like to do more. and if that's true, they should tell us what they'd like as an alternative or compliment to those. we can't react to anything 2348 until we see the details of the proposal. and we need it on the rates and revenues as well as the spending side. we have given them our view of what makes sense for the country. we think we'll have enormous support. >> is it fair to go to republicans, many of whom were re-elected just like the president was re-elected in their own districts and say, look, we're going to get specific when it comes to the tax increases we want, but we'll be vague when it comes to stuff that's hard for our side, which is medicare. >> that's a misperception. we propossessed
on battlegrounds. find out what the pentagon is doing to prevent them from killing innocent people. >>> plus, we're monitoring an explosion at a social security building in arizona. stay with us. ed lobster's crabft ends soon. hurry in and try five succulent entrees, like our tender snow crab paired with savory garlic shrimp. just $12.99. come into red lobster and sea food differently. and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant >>> a developing situation
in washington. speak up for the fiscal cliff is part of the half trillion dollars in cuts to the pentagon. the defense has been saying we will not plan for sequestration's because they don't want to be cautious because it is like a gun to the head. they're now looking into planning for this because we are getting pretty late, and that may become a reality. back to you. melissa: rich edson, thank you so much. lori: let's continue this discussion. it is going to happen, it is exactly what the democrats want. according to scott hodge of the tax foundation. what are some alternatives to raising revenue? joining me with some ideas. to your point, you're written quite extensively on this topic. it seems the economy is poised to fall off the cliff and that's what the democrats and the president wants to happen. >> they want to allow all the bush tax cuts to expire. it happens naturally automatically. they don't even have to vote for it. in january we had to lower taxes for everybody. getting it very simply. lori: a lot of people are concerned. if we do go over the cliff, there's no resolution fo
. to quote admiral mike mullen again, the pentagon budget was doubled in the last decade. and we have lost the ability to prioritize. to make our decisions and to do tough analysis. we also need a review of our defense strategy to make sure that we are preparing for the threats and risks of the 21st century, not those of the past. the foundation has funded two efforts along these lines to help advance the best ideas of improving our strategies. earlier this year, we funded a project by the stimson center, which brought together 15 defense experts to examine our strategic defense priorities in some detail and how they should be reformed. today, we announced a new coalition for fiscal and national security. the coalition chaired by admiral mike mullen in regards to defense of both republican and democratic administrations, stretching back more than 30 years, as well as leaders to the congress including the very distinguished gentleman here today. all that served our nation, and they are joining together now to say very clearly that our leaders must find solutions for the long-term fiscal cha
, the even say the pentagon or the size of the federal debt, like if you're the biggest debtor in the world take issued certain power. are you optimistic that these can be really reversed, like 30 seconds? >> i'm very optimistic about america's future. i think we have to approach the future with confidence. we have to get our house right at home but we have to be prepared to engage with confidence abroad. we still are that shining a light on the hill that people look to. they are disappointed when we don't deliver. we are disappointed when we'd don't deliver. i think we can both at home and abroad find a way. it's not going to be simple. our government takes longer to get things done and the real economy would like. we've got to intersect but at the end of the day i'm optimistic that we can move forward. >> thank you. thank you so much. [applause] >> i'm like doctor doom, i come on stage. the eternal foot man. >> if you missed any of the previous program you can see it in its entirety at the c-span video library. go to we are live at the newseum here in washington for remarks fr
states military. they've fought, died right alongside the guys. pentagon rules prehave not women from officially serving in certain combat roles. today a big move to change that. and the palestinian leader, yasser arafat, died under mysterious circumstances years ago. we've heard speculation all along that israel may have poisoned him. now scientists have opened his grave to try to figure out whether somebody did poison him. and as it turns out, it's probably too late. the details ahead on this tuesday fox report cool, you found it. wow. nice place. ye. [ chuckles ] the family thinks i'm out shipping these. smooth move. you used priority mail flat-rate boxes. if it fits, it ships for a low, flat rate. id for postage online and arranged a free pickup. and i'm gonna track them online, too. nice. between those boxes and thislace, i'm totally staying sane this year. do i smell snickerdoodles? maybe. [ timer dings gotta go. [ male announcer ] priority mail flat rate boxes. online pricing starts at $5.15. only from the postal service. he loves risk. but whether he's climbing everest, scuba
the pentagon get a blank check while agencies that dispense aid to have to fight for every single nickel that they receive? why do we send and spend without restraint on wars and weapons and destroy life but we squeeze those programs that saved lives? for many years now, and you all heard me, this is my 443rd five-minute speech on this issue, for many years now i've been promoting the idea of smart security. smart security means protecting our interests, not with military force or by maintaining a massive nuclear arsenal, but by investing in development and diplomacy, through humanitarian assistance and partnerships around the world. at the aids conference in washington this past summer, there was a panel discussion on how in the struggle against hiv-aids we can do more with less. and what i want to know is, why do we have to settle for less when it comes to hiv-aids? this is a humanitarian crisis. our sense of moral deansency should be -- should compel us to invest whatever it takes to bring an end to it. it's not just the right thing, mr. speaker, it's the smart thing to do for our nat
have no evidence that the iranian claims you cite are true. i'd refer you to the pentagon's comments this morning about the type of uav, but, again, no evidence that the claims are true. >> how do you view, though, the fact they have shot some drone -- >> again, we have no evidence to hear the claims are true. i'm not going to comment on something about which we have no evidence in its truthfulness. yes? >> jay, thanks. i want to go back to what the president asked in the interview with bloomberg. during the negotiations with speaker boehner, a year ago, he was willing to consider increasing the eligibility age for medicare recipients and slowing benefits for entitlements, and he said he was willing to look at anything that strengthens our system. can you clarify, are those prams that could strengthen the system, is that what he was signaling? >> i will say a couple things that build on and echo what the president said today and in the past. we put forward substantial and specific savings in entitlement programs. both health care entightmentments, and, you know, non-health care manda
at the pentagon before heading back to the baltimore region alternating working in private practice and working in the state's attorney general's office, while continuing to serve as an active duty u.s. army j.a.g. corps officer with occasional stints in the pentagon. in 1997, judge grimm was elected a magistrate judge by the judges of the u.s. district court for the district of maryland and in 2006 became the chief u.s. magistrate judge in baltimore. in 2009, chief justice john roberts appointed judge grimm to serve as a member of the advisory committee for the federal rules of civil procedure, and in 2010, he was designated as chair of the civil rules committee discovery subcommittee. i mention that because it's evident from the chief judge's appointment that judge grimm is a nationally recognized expert on cutting edge issues of law and technology. he has written numerous authoritative opinions, books and articles on the subject of evidence, civil procedure and trial advocacy. he also continues to inspire the next generation of lawyers by teaching classes at both of our law schools, and on s
. the fiscal cliff now 31 days away, still no mention of sequestration cuts. cuts in the pentagon budget with deadly consequences? can this congress and this president figure out how to do the right thing? admiral james lyons joins us next. look, if youave co like me, you know it can be hard to breathe, and howhat feels. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps contl my copd mptotoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva ishe only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that does both. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalationowder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, glaucoma, trouble urinating, or an enlarged prostate. these may worsen with spiriva. scuss all medicines you take, even eye drops. stop taking spiriva and seek imdiate medical help if your breathing suddenly worsens, your throat or tongue swells, you get hives, vision changes or eye pain or problems passing urine. other side effects include drmouth and constipation. nothing can re
of sequestration cuts. cuts in the pentagon budget with deadly consequences? can this congress and this president figure out how to the right thing? admiral james lyons joins us next. ♪ lou: 31 days until the fiscal clef, the threat of sequestration largely being ignored. automatic spending cuts tohe tune of 1 trillion over ten years, hal coming from our defense budget. joining me now to discuss the impact on our military, nestle security, we are joined by hammer and -- admiral james lyons. they to have you back with us. your thoughts on the impact of sequestration is, indeed, it goes into affect year. >> in the words of the secretary of defense, leon panetta, this will be a disaster. what the obama administration is doing is unilaterally reducing the military capability of our forces. this is at a time when we have china with its massive force expansion, building a world capable force projection capability. we have the russians modernizing the russian forces. we still have the iranian problem totally unresolved, north korea always a flashpoint. look at the middle east. anything far from being
cuts. cuts in the pentagon budget with deadly consequences? can this congress and this president figure out how to do the right thing? admiral james lyons joins us next. this family used capital one venture miles to come home for the holidays. that's double miles you can actually use... sadly, their brother's white christmas just got "blacked out." [ brother ] but it's the family party! really jingles your bells, doesn't it? my gift to you! the capital one venture card! for any flight, any time! that's double miles you can actually use! how illuminating. what's in your wallet? let me guess, am on the naughty list again? ho ho ho! but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit today. yep. the longe
have no evidence that the iranian claims you cite are true. i would refer you to the pentagon's comments this morning on the details of this particular type of uav, but again, we have no evidence that those claims are true. >> protests are continuing in mexico in the aftermath of clashes between police and citizens after it the inauguration of president and ricky pena nieto. activists have accused mexican police of using infiltrators to carry out vandalism and other acts of sabotage. in mexico city, hundreds of people marched through the streets to call for the release of jailed protesters and to denounce police infiltration. >> all this vandalism was caused by infiltrators. has been hard because we have been protesting peacefully. we have been peaceful and as we reject the return of the pri. we are rejecting the return of pena nieto and we do not think it should be like this. many should be released. >> the u.s. senate has unanimously approved a $631 billion military spending bill. the measure includes the accelerations of a withdrawal from afghanistan as well as intensified
and the unique experience even at the pentagon and security advisor to the president. he made an early point i was familiar with based on my experience with 35 years of congress that we have all these different agencies and departments and people all over the government as well as congress that had parts of the energy package that never had a way to take a look at what should be our policy and came up with this idea the council to recommend here comeau recalled the different departments chaired by the department of energy and secretary in agencies that reach out to all the interested parties to make sure their views take consideration. but it is royal energy review. it's very different from what they do at the pentagon. with this technique but it's helpful and it will be hall posters talk about a strategy in the broader view through the quaternary old report to really get into details. and the congress of course we've got all these different committees as part of the jurisdiction. i had a simple solution. i called the two minute she -- saint pete, we need some, but not. every now and then i wo
popular. if they want more entitlement cuts, more discretionary spending cuts, if they want pentagon cuts, the president wants them to specify them. and this offer is intended in part to say here's my math. here's the level of deficit reduction i can reach. if you think you can reach the same or more with more spending cuts, you go first and name them. >> yeah. >> so richard, we have everybody playing chicken for the most part. it's kabuki. you show your spending cuts and then i'll show mine. >> right. it failed before when the president was negotiating against himself. look, i'm going to come back. $400 billion of medicare cuts is exactly what you would want democrats to do if you want them to start dealing with entitlements. what are we talking about when we say democrats need to deal with entitlements? principally, it's medicare. so that's a huge down payment right there. you can say, well, i don't really believe they're possible, but that's a real proposal. what you're asking for in terms of the politics is that the president somehow solves john boehner's problems with his own caucus.
this morning that the pentagon is looking to wrap up the spy network overseas. >> clayton: peter doocy live from d.c. with the details on this. >> reporter: good morning, clayton. the new spy agency called the dcs, defense clandestine agency and the intelligence collectors are taking orders directly from the department of defense, they'll have 1600 of the collectors according to the washington post, there are already around 500 case officers at the defense intelligence agency. gathers tension for the military by 2018. they'll have about a thousand and that number will keep growing as the defense intelligence agency transitions over to the new dcs spies will be trained by the cia, but unlike the cia, the dcs is not going to be able to do anything, but gath gather intelligence, political sabotage and drone strikes continue to be cia operations and of dcs, focus on targets. and in recent months, those priorities have been keeping tabs on problem areas like africa, iran, north korea and even the strengthening military in china. this was signed off on by the defense secretary, leon pane
. but the pentagon insists he was held in accordance with the rules. if convicted, manning faces life in prison. >>> and in the democratic republic of the congo, the rebel group known as m-23 defied a call to withdraw from the city of goma. they say they're going the remain in control of the city until the demands are met. including releasing political prisoners and dismissing the national election commission. the congo administration minister -- residents fear they'll be caught in the cross-fire, and what's been happening there is hard to imagine. >>> bob dole has been hospitalized. an aide says dole self-checked into walter reid for a routine procedure and will be discharged tomorrow. they say he's doing very well. there were questions raised about his health today after senate majority leader harry reid indicated on the floor that he was there for something more than a check-up. he talked about his love for him. >>> well, it has been 481 days since this country lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? there's good news today, consumer confidence hit a new high, september
was mistreated while in military custody. but the pentagon insists he was held in accordance with the rules. if convicted, manning faces life in prison. >>> bob doll dole has been hospitalized. he checked in to walter reed for a routine procedure and will be discharged tomorrow. there were subcommittees raised about his health after harry reid indicated that he was at walter reed for more than just a checkup and described him as infirm. >>> consumer confidence hit a four-year high today. >>> and now our fourth story outfront. coming clean on benghazi. susan rice went to capitol hill today to clear the air. she said, look, the talking points i used after the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya were wrong. she met with three of her most outspoken critics, republican senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayotte to set the record straight. rice had gone on five sunday talk shows days after the attack and called it a spontaneous demonstration sparked by an antimuslim film and did not mention the link to al qaeda. after all this taking on her critics, the republican senators weren't i
is walking and loading its chemical weapons, ready to use them on its own people. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent joins us now. jim, is this the red line president obama was warning about? >> well, not quite yet. u.s. officials tell us that the syrian military is poised to use chemical weapons against their own people, and all it would take really is the final order from syrian president assad. but we have learned that as of today, all the precursored chemicals for that deadly nerve gas have in fact now been loaded on to aerial bombs, but those bombs are still in the depots. they haven't been loaded on to airplanes yet, and president assad hasn't given the order. but they're pretty close, larry, and that's why earlier this week, of course, president obama issued a very strong statement aimed at president assad saying look, if you use these weapons against your people, there will be serious consequences, but that's where somewhat of the problem lies. >> listen, i want to ask you, one of the parts of the red line statement by president obama and secretary of state clinton, that if the
a little bit about that. barbara starr is cnn's pentagon correspondent. w. bell, a comedian who's the host of totally biased, and u.s. congresswoman ann hayworth is with us as well. barbara, what are the worrying signs? >> what our sources are telling us, soledad, last couple of days there have been new intelligence that the syrians are now moving their chemical weapons around in a very different way. not just consolidating for security purposes, but potentially moving them in a way that indicates they might be getting ready to use them. what do we mean by that? likelihood is what they're doing is using some of the chemical material closer or to the artillery shell dis --- >> separately -- to the actual weapons it's an indication you might be bringing them together. >> why else would you be doing that? and it is a massive concern right now. >> that has to be a major concern obviously in congress watching all of this that red line hillary clinton was talking about. >> well, absolutely. and we have obviously our major ally in the middle east, israel, is very vulnerable to this in syria. they
as the pentagon, obama's database of 16 million voters, volunteers, and owners. and wall street journal, gop immigration push grows. george w. bush in a speech yesterday argued immigrants could be a force for good in society, yesterday. in the baltimore sun, this headline -- the washington times reported this morning, president obama defaulted on freedom of information act compliances. the front page of usa today as a lengthy piece about poverty in this country. springfield gardens, new york, independent caller. caller: how are ya? it seems to me that the debt goes up because of the wars. when they want to pay for it, they want to pay for it with entitlements. i heard one of the congressman talking thethey cut $500 billion from the military budget, and he does not talk out the percentage of the military budget that was cut and then compare that to the so- called entitlement they want to take away. the last thing i want to say is this, those people -- first of all, i would like to make it clear i don't have anything against any people, but there seems to be a problem when people to think abo
: well a new report by the "washington post" says the pentagon plans to add hundreds of new spies. they will come from defense intelligence agency which is shifting gears to become a spy service after being focused on two wars over the past decade. the agency would work closely with the c.i.a. >>> u.n. ambassador susan rice is under fire for what some call misleading comments on the benghazi terror attacks. now, fresh controversy. this time it's not related to libya at all. [ male announcer ] introducing... a new way to save on your prescriptions. it's the aarp medicarerx saver plus plan from unitedhealthcare. with this plan, you can get copays as low as a dollar through a preferred network pharmacy like walgreens -- where you'll find 8,000 convenient locations. best of all, this plan has the lowest part d premium in the united states -- only $15 a month. open enrollment ends december 7th. so call today or visit your local walgreens. >> president mohamed morrisey has set a date for a preference dumb on a constitution. the highest court in the country is delaying their decision. th
reported today that the pentagon's suite of drones is operating over the persian gulf and doing extra missions over the coast. in november an iranian fighter jet or several jets pursued one of the drones, firing at it but missed it. the u.s. confirms it was our drone but it was not doing any surveillance on bushear. much more tomorrow on that store row tomorrow. jon: two of america's bussist reports are at a grinding halt. something in your home almost certainly came through them. rick leventhal live in the newsroom with the latest on that. >> the strike was sparked by clerical workers who virginia been wrangling for a new contract for two and a half years, they claim they are outsourcing well-paid jobs. dockworkers refuse to cross the picket lines resulting in the shut down of ten terminals at los angeles-long beach. the strike entering its second week. the mayor says it's costing the local economy billions of dollars and urged them to extend the talks around-the-clock instead of end -lg them evering them every night. he also urged the use of a mediator. no progress there. jenna: wil
it has no evidence that iran captured another american drone supporting the pentagon's claim that no american drones are missing in the middle east. this comes after iranian state tv report that is the islamic republic captured an unmanned u.s. surveillance aircraft after it entered iranian airspace. those are the headlines. back over to you, ashley. ashley: heather, thank you very much. appreciate that. president obama met with governors to talk about the fiscal cliff's impact on therapy states earlier today. republican governor gary herbert of utah was in that meeting and he joins us now. governor, thank you so much for joining us. of course i want to know immediately, what was the president's message to you, the governors? >> well he said he wanted to work with us as states. again we appreciate the fact that we were invited. states and governors have been kind of ignored in the past. in fact states have been kind of an afterthought in many policy discussions here in washington. we have something to say. we can help them make better policy. he invited that dialogue and that
the sequester, that's good, less spending. i'm in favor of looking at the pentagon spending and reforming how you get it and get the same amount of dollars. look at the government spending. >> not a common republican position. >> more common than you think, but it's not common in the appropriations committee that does armed services. i talked to one of the key guys over there and said how can i help you reform the pentagon? there must have been -- >> i bet congressmen love getting that call, grover norquist, how can i help? >> i start meetings that way. want to make the government more efficient, make it cost less and we are everybody's friend on that subject. ralph nader and i were lobbying the bush administration back in 2001. >> what about the second cliff, the bush tax cuts? >> i think -- you get towards the end in a thing and if the republicans have played it right, they said look, push it out a month or two weeks so you should never actually go over these things, just as you do with continuing resolutions. say, look, give it a week, two months. >> the president is not going to extend. h
government is money borrowed to sustain food stamps as well as the pentagon. we ought to be thinking of that in terms of our values and our future. let me speak to a couple of elements here that i think progressives should keep in mind. progressives cannot afford to stand on the sidelines in this fiscal cliff debate. important critical decisions will be made soon that will affect this country for 10 years. i think we need to be a part of this conversation. we need to be open to some topics and some issues that are painful and hard for us to talk about. we cannot stand by the sidelines in denial that this is ever going to engage us in the things we value. we cannot be so night -- not leave to believe that just taxing the rich will solve our problems. i believe that is an important part of a solution. we have to look to reform and change that is significant, that preserves many of the values and programs that brought us political life, and we cannot believe that merely ignoring these programs or not engaging will solve the problem. pick up any of the newspapers and look for the full-pa
in the defense of the country out of the pentagon, and consolidate programs and save a significant amount of money. >> this weekend, talk with senator tom coburn about the fiscal cliff, the affordable care act, and the future of the republican party. the president has written several books and reports, including his latest, "the debt bomb." live sunday at the 12:00 noon eastern. >> no, we hear from a syrian opposition spokesman about the latest developments in the ongoing syrian civil war. the spokesman urged the international community to intervene, and calls for u.s. leadership, rather than just humanitarian aid. from johns hopkins, this is an hour and a half. >> thank you. thank you for everyone. thank you for the john hopkins university for organizing this event. let me start by sharing with you a personal story that just happened today, which gives you just a sense of how our lives became tragic. today, one of my close friends, a well-known activist in my home town, has been killed by indiscriminate shelling in the city. daria is 7 kilometers south of damascus. and it has been days o
of defense, and continues that effort in the pentagon. it is also important that we use this to generate new thinking and new ideas for how best to carry this vital vision into the future. it is important to have this discussion because the program is at a critical inflection point. it has evolved from a focus on infrastructure in the soviet union to encompass a broader range across asia and africa and the middle east, and despite the success achieved in the former soviet union, this program remains as critical as ever and maintains a strong support of leadership. it also has the strong support of our special guest today. we are honored to serve in his cabinet and honored to introduce. president obama has been a leader in reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction. he has been a leader since he joined the united states senate and partner closely with senator dick lugar. as president, he has set a visionary agenda and to achieve a world without nuclear weapons and has taken practical steps to move the world in that direction. he has helped renew america's global leadership, and he has
savings in the pentagon i think is not a fair assessment. at simpson-bowles said and others, there are savings to be had there that would not compromise our national security. i want to also add simpson-bowles approach establish firewalls in the outer years to delay the temptation to go back into the nondefense accounts when too much political pressure keeps you out of defense spending. so i would hope that in a long-term agreement would include that. on the nondefense side, i still think there's a savings to be found. i give you a couple illustrations of those that i think might be of some value to us. first, hats off to debbie stabenow and pat roberts putting together a far build that safest $23 billion over the next 10 years. that's something that hits my state directly, but i think they did it thoughtful, bipartisan job of saving money toward deficit reduction. there are other areas where savings can be found as well. and i think that we need to look at those honestly. let me kill you, i think the infrastructure is one area where we we should consider as simpson-bowles d
to the pentagon and domestic programs and tax increases automatically go into effect. after the meeting, the finger-pointing came quickly. republicans say democrats aren't bringing to the table a plan that include significant cuts to medicare and entitlement programs. >> revenue was only on the table. if they were serious. spending cuts. >> the white house drew its own line in the sand and said tax rates must go up on the top earners, but -- >> the middle-class tax cut should be made permanent. >> president obama stayed out of the fiscal cliff discussions and sat down for lunch with former rival mitt romney. >> i am sure they will or have already compared experiences on the campaign trail. >> today president obama hits the road to push for his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. but republicans have slammed him for campaign-style politics that they say just won't get the job done. rob and sunny, back to you. >> can you really imagine that they're not going to reach some sort of deal to avoid the fiscal cliff? i mean that would be so unpopular across the nation. >> you would -- if you can ta
're getting breaks news on syria. straight to our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, for new details here as we're talking about, you know, potential chemical weaponry. now not only talking about it, not only existing in syria, but the fact you're hearing from a u.s. official it is being nixed. tell me what you know. >> now we know what is going on. over the weekend, the u.s. got intelligence that syrian forces were beginning to start mixing chemical agents. essentially putting two chemicals together that would allow them to make deadly sarin gas. this is extremely serious news regarding the war in syria because until now there has not been that mixing together, the next step would be to put that deadly sarin into artillery shells. the u.s. believes, brooke, that the assad regime is looking at the possibility of some kind of limited chemical artillery strike on its own people, on rebel forces. officials tell us they hasten to add they don't believe assad -- bashar al assad has made the final decision to go ahead with a strike, but that that's what these preparations could be aimed towards
in the past that it defies the pentagon and the size american debt that we're too big to fail. deadhorse lake bigger problem than us. i be interested when you're anything about policy do you look at that as a source of leverage or does it strain american options tremendous a? >> steve, very simply, the u.s. situation with respect to our deficit and debt is a national security liability. we need our senior leadership. we need a senior leadership to take it on. we have an opportunity to do so. we have a requirement to do so. at the foundation of national power is ultimately economic comment and in terms of global influence, in terms of the ability to support a military, the economic is foundation. and we have i think the united states, both an opportunity to require it to get our house in order, and i believe that our 100 senators and members of the house will step up on this and sufficient majority in the coming months. >> how do you look at your surplus of the u.s.? does that say we have america under our control? >> we are one of the closest allies of the united states. so of course our posi
, quote, worrying signs of activity in syria, just in the past couple of days. pentagon correspondent barbara star, we're so happy to thank, is with us in studio this morning. barbara, great to see you. so the white house apparently hasn't revealed any new evidence that the syrian government is planning to deploy these weapons. >> what are we talking about here? they're not revealing it publicly but in fact there has been intelligence over the last couple of days that the syrians are moving their chemical weapons inventory around. and it's quite different. in the past we've seen them moving it around to store it essentially, make it more secure, as fighting's gotten closer. this time all of our sources are telling us, it is telling us, it is different. that what they are seeing is movement that could potentially signal the use of chemical weapons. this typically would be matching up the chemical with preparing it with a warhead. with artillery. with rockets. all the signs that they could be getting ready for an attack. very worrying. a lot of international pressure in the last several
of the country out of the pentagon and consolidate programs and save a significant amount of money. >> this weekend you can talk with oklahoma senator about the fiscal cliff and the future of the republican party. the senator has written several books and reports including his latest the debt bomb. join our conversation live sunday at noon eastern an c-span2. >> vice president biden shop t at the opening of the first costco warehouse in the nation's capitol. he also made remarks about the fiscal cliff and middle class tax cuts. >> i went to get my wife's card and she said no, you get your own. [inaudible conversation] >> i know what i am looking for. [inaudible conversation] >> vice-president, what are you shopping for? >> my wife is starting a thing called book buddies for women's shelters and daycare centers. i am buying a bunch of books for the book buddies back in delaware. >> how are you choosing your books? >> based on some things i know my grand kids like. will i come to that side? i'm going to come around that way. in this store.s in this storfos take 2200 books out of thei
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